A Rivers State High Court in Port Harcourt has convicted and sentenced two women, Onyema Bright and Edna Worleru, to life imprisonment for the death of one Isreal Georgewill. The court was sitting in Port Harcourt at the time of the trial.
Edna Worleru, a prophetess with a church in Rumuche community in Emohua Local Government Area of the state was reported to have prepared a poisonous substance in the name of “love portion” for Onyema Bright Worlu to administer on her “manfriend”, late Israel Georgewill, who was a prophet in another church within the community.
The murder investigation was launched in 2012.
According to Justice Adolphus Enebeli, who presided over the trial, the two accused persons were found guilty of manslaughter in his ruling on Thursday.
Justice Enebeli ruled that the prosecution had established their case and that the first defendant, Bright Worlu, had provided a voluntary statement at the police station.
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According to her testimony at the police station, she administered the “love portion” to her “manfriend” that had been prepared by her prophetess, who is also a defendant in this case, for the purpose of providing financial assistance, but she had no idea that it would end up causing his death.
After taking into account all of the evidence presented by the parties, the judge sentenced the accused to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Speaking to journalists outside the courtroom, Chidi Ekah, State Counsel for the Principal Prosecution, described the verdict as “not only justice for the deceased and his family, but also justice for the state and Nigeria as a whole.”
Chukwu Vincent, the attorney for the first defendant, has stated that he intends to appeal the decision.